ANNA Member Spotlight

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Jewell Smith, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHQ

Director of Dialysis
Parisi Healthcare Management
Cordova, TN
Memphis Blues Chapter #240

How long have you been a nurse?

25 years

How long have you been in nephrology ?

23 years

What is unique about nephrology nursing?

Nephrology nursing, particularly dialysis, gives you an opportunity to connect with patients often. Having this frequent contact, you get to know the patients and understand their needs, concerns, fears, and frustrations. This allows you time as a healthcare professional to address care from a holistic perspective.

What do you value most about your ANNA membership?

I enjoy getting to share ideas and learn from some of the best nephrology nursing minds in the industry. There are so many nurse colleagues I have come to know and admire over the years I have been a member of ANNA.

What would you tell a newly practicing nurse about nephrology nursing?

Find a veteran nurse who you know, or someone who is willing to be a mentor. There is so much knowledge to be gained. Also, remember to treat all patients with dignity and respect, even those you find difficult to care for.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working as a nurse?

I enjoy traveling, binge watching dramas on television, and during football season, I am all about my favorite team, my hometown New Orleans Saints! Who Dat?!

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

Nursing is my second career. I was an accountant before I was a nurse. I have a degree in accounting and a degree in nursing.

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